In this article, I’ll show you The Boogie Rhythm Pattern (this is part 1 of 2).
There’s one blues and rock and roll rhythm that’s heard in literally hundreds, possibly thousands of songs. Learn The Boogie Rhythm Pattern.
The Secret to Playing Blues and Rock and Roll Rhythm Guitar
This simple little pattern is one of the most useful you’ll ever learn.
It’s the fundamental pattern for playing rhythm guitar in the blues or in rock and roll, and you’ll hear it everywhere from Status Quo to The Beatles.
It’s the Boogie Rhythm Pattern. And it couldn’t be simpler.
Can you play this shape?
Of course you can, right?
Use your index finger to fret the 4th string 2nd fret, and drag the pick through strings 5 and 4 only.
That chord is an A power chord, as it happens, but more importantly, it’s the first half of the boogie pattern.
Now, without lifting the index finger, have your ring finger play this note:
And again, drag the pick through just the 5th and 4th strings.
With those two fingers, you’ve got the foundation of every blues or rock and roll song you want to play.
Of course, it’s a A chord, so we’re in the key of A right now, but that’s where a lot of blues and rock and roll songs are – and the ease of playing this pattern is one of the reasons why.
Rhythmically, strum Boogie Pattern Shape 1 twice followed by Boogie Pattern Shape 2 twice, counting 1, 2, 3, 4. That’s the essence of the boogie pattern, the key rhythm pattern in blues and rock and roll.
Have I piqued your interest? If so,
Take a look at the video to really get started exploring this essential rhythm guitar pattern: The Boogie Pattern.
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